We’re only a week away from getting together with friends and family to celebrate Super Bowl LVII over some of our favorite game foods like chicken wings, nachos, pizza, guacamole and chips.
While it’s hard to resist those puppy dog eyes and wagging tails begging for treats from four legged friends during game time, veterinarian Alysper Cormanes, at Veterinarians.org, urges fans to avoid sharing these people-friendly items with pets:
- Chicken wings
Chicken is usually safe to be given to dogs, it is considered a palatable source of protein for them, though it also can be a common allergen for dogs that have sensitive skin. Chicken wings are only safe provided that you strip off the outer coating, especially if it has been infused with strong or spicy flavors from any sauces. Most chicken wing sauces are jam packed with tons of spices and herbs that can not only irritate your dog’s palate and smell, but some of those spices may be harmful, like garlic and onion powder. Lastly, never give your dogs the chicken bones. They may look small and harmless, but if they break and are swallowed at the wrong angle, that sharp bone edge could lodge somewhere and could spell a whole lot of trouble.
A plain tortilla chip is generally safe to be given to your dogs, but only as an occasional very small snack. There are a variety of nachos that are available in the market, so always be aware of what kind you have before you even think about giving any to your dog. Flavored nachos are bad for your dogs, as they usually contain harmful herbs and spices and a lot of salt. Dogs do not have the same threshold as humans do with the amount of salt we can safely have and can develop salt toxicosis, especially breeds that are smaller. Especially avoid the nacho dips and sauces that are harmful for the same reason, cheese-based ones are especially bad for dogs that are lactose intolerant and may cause diarrhea and/or vomiting.
Dogs can have a little bit of pizza and be perfectly fine, but it is not a good choice for them and should never be given as meals. The pizza crust itself is okay to give, but should be skipped for dogs with dietary restrictions pertaining to fat and caloric intake. What makes pizza bad for dogs is that the main components of pizza toppings are potentially harmful to them. Onions, garlic, chives, shallot and leeks can cause toxicity in dogs by damaging red blood cell membranes. Pepperoni has been shown to cause gastroenteritis and salt toxicosis in large amounts. The pizza sauces often contain too many spices for dogs to safely consume, and the dairy can cause some stomach upset in dogs that are sensitive to lactose.
Cookies are bad for dogs because the usual main ingredients are toxic for them, not to mention the high amounts of sugar and calories that can lead to obesity in the long run. Chocolate can cause theobromine toxicity, which leads to stomach upset in the form of profuse vomiting and/or diarrhea. Raisins have been shown to cause kidney failure in dogs. Nuts that are considered toxic for them include walnuts, macadamias and pistachios. Creams and dairy-based toppings also can upset your dog’s stomach. Overall, there is much more risk and no benefit to feeding your dog cookies that we usually have, but there are a lot of commercially available pet safe cookies that can be given to your dogs as an alternative.
- Burgers and Sliders
Burgers and sliders are a good snack for your dogs, provided that you give them the plainest most simple kind — they honestly won’t mind. Strip your burger of sauces and condiments, onions and cheese, and thoroughly cook the meat, and you are good to go. Remember that they can’t have as much salt as humans do, so don’t give too much, but you can make your dogs their own lean, unsalted, burger patties just so that you can have more leeway with giving them more portions.
Avocado contains a substance called persin, which is toxic to dogs in large amounts. Avocado prepared with the onions, herbs and spices incorporated into it make guacamole a bad snack to give your dogs, so it is best you don’t give any to your pets. The avocado pits are an especially dangerous choking hazard for them as well.
Chili is a bad choice to be served to your dog because it almost always will contain herbs that are toxic to them — onion and garlic and chili powder, which contain a chemical called capsaicin that will cause irritation and a burning sensation for your dogs, and they will eventually have stomach problems such as abdominal pain, diarrhea and gas.
- Potato Skins
Potato skins can be given to your dogs, but in moderation only — never give them in frequent and large amounts. They contain oxalates, which can cause trouble for your pet in the long run because this may lead to kidney problems in the form of crystals in their bladder or urinary tract. The usual sauces and topping that are regularly paired with potato skins are equally as bad as the potato skins. They also are harmful in the same way it is for humans, as they offer dogs zero nutritional value and are high in trans-fat and salt.
- Pigs in a Blanket
Pigs in a blanket can be a good snack to give your dogs, provided that you are aware of how much you allow them to have. They are usually made with a sausage wrapped in bacon or pastry. These ingredients make it very high in fat, calories and salt. You can easily give your begging puppy a bit too much and it can lead to pancreatitis because they will have a harder time digesting the fatty contents. Dogs that are obese or have dietary restrictions should skip this snack entirely.
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